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  • Fixing Virginia’s voting districts

    February 16, 2017 • NewsOneVirginia2021 in the News

    CBS19 NewsPlex By Dan Schutte The political landscape in Virginia has been changing the last few years, turning the state from red to purple, but in terms of congressional districts, the elections aren’t that competitive. According to One Virginia 2021, a political action group pushing for redistricting, only one of the state’s 11 districts was […]

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  • Is it gerrymandering – or Democratic clustering?

    February 14, 2017 • News

    The Virginian-Pilot By Maura Mazurowski & Mary Lee Clark (Capital News Service) David Toscano, the minority leader in the Virginia House, did the math and didn’t like the results. “All five statewide offices are held by Democrats, and the presidency has been won by Democrats in Virginia for the last three cycles,” he said. “Yet 66 […]

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  • Virginia redistricting advocates mount last-gasp effort as House takes up Senate proposals

    February 14, 2017 • NewsOneVirginia2021 in the News

    Richmond Times-Dispatch By Graham Moomaw The GOP-controlled House of Delegates may have obliterated its own redistricting reform bills, but a prominent Republican state senator on Monday urged her House colleagues to change course as anti-gerrymandering proposals come over from the Senate. Sen. Jill Holtzman Vogel, R-Fauquier, called for a “fair hearing” when a House subcommittee today […]

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  • Redistricting reform group blasts ‘Politburo-style’ elections

    February 14, 2017 • News

    Daily Press By Travis Fain Advocates for redistricting reform made a last-ditch effort Monday to move their issue forward this legislative session, rolling out some of the strongest rhetoric yet on the issue. Charles McPhillips, a Norfolk Republican with reform group OneVirginia2021, decried the “high-tech but really seedy” practice of using computers to review voters’ […]

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  • Bill To Ban Gerrymandering Divides State Republicans

    February 13, 2017 • News

    Community Idea Stations By Craig Carper The last surviving redistricting bills will be heard in the House Privileges and Elections subcommittee on elections early Tuesday (2/14) and the question of weather to ban political gerrymandering has Virginia Republicans divided. Some GOP Republican Senators are pushing legislation that would prohibit lawmakers removing their political opponents through redistricting […]

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  • Advocates for redistricting reform make final push

    February 13, 2017 • News

    The Virginian-Pilot Advocates who want to change how Virginia draws its political boundaries are making a final plea to state lawmakers. Redistricting reform advocates said at a news conference Monday that Virginia suffers from political boundaries that favor incumbents and don’t promote fair elections. The advocates want House Republicans to support proposed congressional amendments aimed at limiting […]

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  • Carving out political foes at heart of redistricting debate

    February 12, 2017 • News

    The Free Lance-Star By Brian Cannon VIRGINIA’S problem with election-district gerrymandering is worse than you think. Most know of it as a partisan issue, but that’s a narrow view. It is a bipartisan issue. Gerrymandering is the practice where legislators draw their own voting districts based on political data to ensure their re-election. Virginia lawmakers […]

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  • Even bipartisan efforts are scuttled in Va.

    February 12, 2017 • News

    The Daily Progress LTE: Maryanne Williams On Feb. 3, my husband and I, as well as over 100 Virginia citizens from all over the commonwealth, witnessed a disturbing sight on the ninth floor of the General Assembly building. All of us gathered that morning to support HJ763, a bill that states: “No district shall be drawn […]

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  • Lawmaker Insists Non-Partisan Redistricting Is Not Dead

    February 09, 2017 • News

    WVTF By Sandy Hausman The top public offices in Virginia are held by Democrats, but the state’s senate and house are controlled by Republicans.  Experts say that’s because legislative district boundaries were drawn to favor GOP candidates.  Now, Sandy Hausman reports that one member of the legislature is hoping to rally the public – to […]

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  • Will Gerrymandering Ever Go Away?

    February 08, 2017 • NewsOneVirginia2021 in the News

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  • Audience boos as General Assembly panel rebuffs redistricting advocates

    February 06, 2017 • News

    By Megan Corsano – Capital News Service The Free Lance-Star Dozens of people jeered Republicans on a House committee Friday after they declined to revive legislation aimed at changing the way political districts are drawn in Virginia. More than 100 people gathered for the meeting of the House Privileges and Elections Committee. Some of them […]

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  • Martin O’Malley and Larry Hogan are both pushing to end gerrymandering

    February 05, 2017 • News

    The Washington Post By Josh Hicks Former Maryland governor Martin O’Malley (D) has changed his stance on gerrymandering, a practice he embraced when he redrew the state’s congressional districts more than six years ago. During a speech at Boston College last month, O’Malley, who unsuccessfully sought the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination, said he no longer supports partisan redistricting. […]

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  • With elections ahead, Virginia Republicans look to widen General Assembly’s power

    February 05, 2017 • News

    Richmond Times-Dispatch By Graham Moomaw It took a while for the visitors in the packed committee room to understand that the meeting was over and lawmakers were leaving. When they realized, they started shouting. “Shame!” the crowd yelled as officials filed out of the room Friday at the Virginia General Assembly Building. Many of the politicians […]

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  • Sen. Ryan McDougle: McAuliffe jumps in on Democratic gerrymandering scheme

    February 05, 2017 • News

    Richmond Times-Dispatch By Virginia State Senator Ryan McDougle On the same evening Gov. Terry McAuliffe was delivering his annual State of the Commonwealth to a joint session of the General Assembly, the New York Times published a news story in which he played a starring role. According to the paper, Virginia’s governor was one of a […]

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  • Audience boos as panel rebuffs legislation to take politics out of redistricting

    February 03, 2017 • News

    WTVR (with video) Dozens of people jeered Republicans on a House committee Friday after they declined to revive legislation aimed at changing the way political districts are drawn in Virginia. More than 100 people gathered for the meeting of the House Privileges and Elections Committee. Some of them yelled “Cowards!” and “Shame on you!” after the […]

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  • Editorial: Will Virginia reform redistricting?

    February 03, 2017 • News

    By The Editorial Board  The Free Lance-Star DEL. BOBBY ORROCK knows the sting of partisan redrawing of legislative districts. In 1991, when Democrats ruled the Virginia General Assembly, they drew the freshman Republican’s home in Caroline County right out of his district. He had to move to Spotsylvania to run for re-election. That same year, […]

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  • LTE: It’s Time to Take Gerrymander Fight to the Ballot Box

    February 02, 2017 • News

    Bristow Beat By Lee Carter Government in this country works by consent of the governed. At least that’s how it’s supposed to work, but here in Virginia we’ve allowed that fundamental principle to be eroded for far too long. The age-old tactic of gerrymandering has now combined with the power of modern data analytics to produce a government where […]

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  • In One Vote, Lawmaker Strike More Than 20 Constitutional Amendments

    February 01, 2017 • News

    WVTF By Michael Pope Should Virginia’s gerrymandered districts be redrawn by a nonpartisan commission? Should former felons be able to vote? These are questions that some lawmakers want to put on the ballot for voters to decide, but it looks unlikely they’ll get the chance. It’s not every day that two dozen constitutional amendments are killed […]

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  • South Dakotans voted for tougher ethics laws, but lawmakers object

    February 01, 2017 • News

    By James Nord NPR South Dakota’s citizen-led experiment to “drain the swamp” of political corruption appears to have lasted less than three months. Lawmakers in the state Senate voted 27-8 Wednesday to repeal the voter-approved initiative and send the measure to the governor. The legislation was given emergency status so it would take effect immediately when […]

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  • House Republicans block redistricting reform

    January 31, 2017 • News

    Augusta Free Press By Chris Graham House Republicans can’t even tolerate watered-down redistricting reform. A group of GOP delegates have effectively blocked reform legislation introduced in the 2017 General Assembly session. Dels. Randy Minchew, Mark Cole, Tim Hugo and Jackson Miller all voted against redistricting reforms, including one carried by Weyers Cave Republican Del. Steve Landes […]

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  • Redistricting reform, slew of constitutional amendments, go down on a single 4-3 vote

    January 31, 2017 • News

    Daily Press By Travis Fain Twenty-five pieces of legislation, including several calling for redistricting reform or an overhaul for the way Virginia restores voting rights to felons, went down on a single subcommittee vote in the Virginia House Monday. Each resolution called for a change to the state’s constitution, which requires two successful General Assembly votes in […]

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  • House panel kills redistricting, felon voting reforms in early-morning block vote

    January 31, 2017 • News

    Richmond Times-Dispatch By Graham Moomaw Efforts to take politics out of Virginia’s electoral redistricting process and to reform how felons regain the right to vote died a swift and silent death Monday as a House of Delegates subcommittee killed 25 proposed constitutional amendments with just a few votes. It passed three amendments that would give the […]

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  • Redistricting reform, civil rights restoration among 20-plus constitutional amendments killed by General Assembly subcommittee

    January 31, 2017 • News

    The Virginian-Pilot By Jordon Pascale More than 20 weighty ideas for state constitutional amendments were killed in one swift vote Monday morning by a Republican-led House of Delegates subcommittee, much to the chagrin of Democrats on the dais. The amendments – touching on redistricting reform, restoring voting rights to felons, and term limit changes for the […]

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  • With single vote, House subcommittee kills more than 20 proposed Va. constitutional amendments

    January 31, 2017 • NewsOneVirginia2021 in the News

    News & Advance By Alex Rohr A House of Delegates subcommittee killed more than 20 proposed amendments to the Virginia constitution in a single vote before 9 a.m. Monday, including those related to redistricting reform and restoring felons’ rights. After voting to pass resolutions on three constitutional amendments, the subcommittee lumped the rest together, including proposals brought […]

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  • Panel kills redistricting, felon voting reforms

    January 30, 2017 • News

    The Daily Progress By Graham Moomaw (Richmond Times-Dispatch) Efforts to take politics out of Virginia’s electoral redistricting process and reform how felons regain the right to vote died a swift and silent death Monday morning as a House of Delegates subcommittee killed 25 proposed constitutional amendments with just a few votes. The three amendments would […]

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